HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOLD MOONLIGHT MADNESS SALE TONIGHT

In order to beat the heat, the Morongo Basin Historical Society is holding a moonlight madness sale. Reporter Mike Lipsitz is looking for his flashlight…

This Friday, August 19 stay up late for the Friday Night Moonlight Madness Sale from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Morongo Basin Historical

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SOVIET SCI-FI FILM SCREENED TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

A Soviet movie made in 1963 will be the star of a film screening in Joshua Tree Friday evening. “Ikarie XB-1,” also known by its English title, “Voyage to the End of the Universe,” is regarded by many as one of the best science-fiction movies of the 1960s. Stanley Kubrick’s

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NIRVANA TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

This Friday the Tortoise Rock Casino continues its free summer concert series with a Nirvana tribute band. Reporter Kirby Davis joins us again…

Nirvanish is the name of the Nirvana tribute band performing at Tortoise Rock Casino this Friday night, August 19. Nirvanish strives to replicate the audio integrity

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BLOOD DRIVE AT WALMART TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, August 20, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow

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BAKE SALE AUCTION, LECTURE AT JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

A bake sale auction and lecture will benefit the Johnson Valley Community Center Saturday. The doors to the community center open at 11:30 to set up for the auction, which starts at noon. Then following the auction, Barbara Harris will discuss her research into local area attractions, including Giant Rock

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YUCCA MESA SWAP MEET SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a swap meet Saturday, August 19, at the community center on Balsa Avenue. Outdoor spaces are $10 each; a table indoors is $10. Reservations are only required for indoor spaces. Vendors can start setting up at 7 a.m.; the sale runs from 8

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YUCCA VALLEY TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM HAS SCRIMMAGE TODAY

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will hold a scrimmage at home against Adelanto High School. Kick off is at 4 p.m.

LOST PIT BULL FEMALE

Lost female pit bull red with cropped ears. Pink collar w/no tags. Last seen on Winters Rd and Friendship in 29 Palms. call 760-819-1120 for more info

BLUE CUT FIRE UPDATE: 4 PERCENT CONTAINED, NORTHBOUND 15 RE-OPENED

Firefighters are making slow progress against the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass area. Wednesday morning, the wildfire was estimated at 30,000 acres. By Thursday morning, the fire growth had slowed; fire officials estimated it at 31,689 acres and 4 percent contained. Nearly 1,600 firefighters are on scene fighting

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DONATE TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS VIA THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Following major disasters like the Blue Cut Fire, many people want to help in some way. The American Red Cross in San Bernardino County has seen a huge outpouring of support, and is no longer accepting donations of food, water, and household items. However, the agency is accepting monetary donations.

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30-ACRE BLAZE NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS CLOSES ONE LANE OF HIGHWAY 62 FOR HOURS WEDNESDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters assisted Riverside County firefighters and CalFire in battling a 30-acre blaze alongside Highway 62 Wednesday afternoon that closed down one lane of the highway for hours. About 2:25 p.m., a fire started on the east side of the highway, about a mile south of North Indian Canyon

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury Wednesday evening following a crash near the Desert Hot Springs fire in the Morongo Grade. According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Julian Wilson was riding his motorcycle eastbound, just west of the county line in the Morongo Pass, when he says he was

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FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the lower District Court that the Town of Yucca Valley did not violate a resident’s First Amendment rights by limiting the information town staff included in staff reports to the planning commission and town council. In June 2014, the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT FINALLY ISSUES WILL-SERVE LETTER

After the county board of supervisors gave final approval to the Next Era solar project at the former Joshua Tree airport, it was up to the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors to issue a will-serve letter to the energy company. The board held its regular meeting last night,

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VETS’ PEDICAB WILL STOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Three wounded veterans will challenge themselves by pedaling a vintage single-speed pedicab for four hundred miles from Phoenix, Arizona, to California. Their journey began in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday, and they will stop in Twentynine Palms on Friday, before ending their journey in Riverside on Saturday. Show your support by riding

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FINAL UPDATE ON CANDIDATES UP FOR ELECTION (DAVID, MIKE)

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file for office in the upcoming presidential election. Running for three seats at Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District are incumbents Patricia Cooper and Joseph Sullivan, and hopefuls Misty Evans, Dianne Markle-Greenhouse, and Bob Armstrong. And for three seats at Joshua Basin Water District, incumbents

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School is holding its orientation day tomorrow, Friday, August 19. Seventh-grade students, and eighth-grade students who are new to the school district, should attend the orientation anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Meet in the multi-purpose room at La Contenta Middle School. Students will receive their cafeteria

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LANDERS RESIDENTS DECIDE TO TAKE ROAD MAINTENANCE INTO THEIR OWN HANDS (MIKE)

Last year, residents of Landers—unhappy with double digit water rate increases—wrestled control of water from the County and gave it to Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency. Now there’s a new plan afoot; this one calls for taking road maintenance into their own hands. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … About 50

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SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, August 19, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

FIRE EXPLODES IN CAJON PASS; TRAFFIC DIVERTED INTO MORONGO BASIN

A wildfire in the Cajon Pass was raging out of control Tuesday, and its effects can be felt in the Morongo Basin. The Blue Cut Fire started about 10:30 Tuesday morning west of Interstate 15 and by midnight had exploded to more than 18,000 acres with zero percent containment. The

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